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Figure of Samuel

Date:
ca. 1075–1100
Geography:
Made in Saint-Omer, France
Culture:
North French
Medium:
Walrus Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 4 3/8 x 1 7/8 x 11/16 in. (11.1 x 4.7 x 1.7 cm)
Classification:
Ivories
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.220
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Inscribed on the reverse “Samuel,” the figure represents one of a series of the twenty-four elders of the Apocalypse, described by Saint John in the Book of Revelation, perhaps from an altar frontal centering on Christ. The geometric form of the drapery and the delicate openwork carving technique add to this figure’s masterly quality.
George Brauer, Paris (until June 10, 1909); Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
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Avril, François, Xavier Barral I Altet, and Danielle Gaborit-Chopin. Le Monde Roman, 1060-1220: Volume 2, Les Royaumes d'Occident. L'Univers des formes, Vol. 30. Paris: Gallimard, 1983. p. 297.

Gaborit-Chopin, Danielle, ed. La France romane au temps des premiers Capétiens (987-1152). Paris: Musée du Louvre Éditions, 2005. no. 232d, pp. 306–7.

Gaborit-Chopin, Danielle. "Les noms des quarte Vieillards de l'Apocalypse de Saint-Omer." In Le plaisir de l'art du Moyen Âge: Commande, production et réception de l'oeuvre d'art. Paris: A. Picard et Fils, 2012. pp. 753–58, fig. 1d.



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